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2013 US Snipe Masters Report

2013 US Snipe Masters Report
September 02
10:56 2013

2013 US Snipe Masters
August 30-September 1, 2013
Erie Yacht Club

2013 Masters LogoThe Snipe Masters is always more than just a snipe regatta – it is more of an experience. It is more than a bunch of old friends competing at a high level, or even regaling long-ago tales with slightly exaggerated content. No, it is much more …

  • It’s about having one skipper (The Old Man) who could race with a newborn and still have 3 years margin to make the minimum total team age – and who still can cut lose on the dance floor with Carmen, his wife. Still, three others (Jerry Thompson, Lanny Coon and Norm Dahl) would require no more than a 6 year old as a crew;
  • It’s about Norm Dahl from Newport YC in Rochester NY sailing with his Dallas-based daughter Laura, who collectively had to strain their memory banks to recall the numbers of the four boats Norm has had since his first snipe numbered 12767;
  • It’s about the jolly Korkosz family making it (including parrot Captain Flint). John and daughter Adrienne placed with a perfect straight of finishes (9, 10, 11, 12) – time to hit Vegas, guys;
  • It’s about our fearless leader US National Secretary Martin Bebb belting out the last verse of Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” after the band cut the dancers off one verse prematurely, and then grabbing the mic to lead sing Okie from Muskogee later that Saturday night;
  • It’s about the first and second-time Masters, including the Ohio teams of Carey and Shirley Jay from Cowen Lake and Neil Gerren and Stephanie Stephens from Portage Lake;
  • It’s about all the stories from the past that make this class what it is, including Jerry Thompson’s ever-revolving fleet that include the first Chubasco (16333) and the first Persson in the US: the sea foam green beauty he raced at the event with Mandi. Or The Old Man pining about how he capsized his beloved wooden Gerber in a race soon after moving to the US, only to watch his young son Augie capsize coincidentally, but quickly right it and continue racing – it was then that he reluctantly realized he would have to “trade up” to a self-rescuing snipe;
  • It’s about the top notch Erie Yacht Club support crew continuously feeding and beer-hydrating the sailors and the flawless army of race committee, headed by Principal Race Officer Bill Lasher, who pulled out all the stops despite the three days of light-air conditions to make this a SUPURB event;
  • It’s about 20 teams of friends from the corners of the US: from southern CA, the entire Atlantic coast, Midwest and even some with Scandinavian accents (St. Louis – based Stephan and Monica Irgens);
  • It’s about a past SCIRA Commodore and a woman skipper finishing in the top 3;
  • It’s about Gavin and his wife, regatta chair and Erie YC junior sailing alumnus Holly O’Hare claiming the championship in the last leg and a half if the series.

All these add up to yet another case of …. .serious sailing, serious fun.

– Art Rousmaniere

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